Gandhi Erdogan’s Rival for the Turkish Presidency: Who is It?

The Turkish Opposition Alliance (Six-Party Table) has nominated Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to run against incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Who is Kilicdaroglu, who wants to defeat the president?

Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the opposition Republican People’s Party, was born on 17 December 1948 in Nadhimia, Tunceli State, in eastern Anatolia, to an Alevi sect, and is the fourth of seven children. family and father of two daughters.

He completed his primary and secondary education at schools in his state and entered the Elazig Commercial High School, graduating with honors in 1967. Then he moved to the capital’s university and entered the Ankara Academy of Economic and Commercial Studies. from which he graduated in 1971.

He has worked for the Turkish Social Security Corporation since 1992, and between 1997 and 1999, he assumed responsibility for its overall management.

He began his political activity in 2002, joining the Republican People’s Party, which considers itself the legitimate heir to the policy and thought of the founder of the republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

He ran in the Turkish parliament elections in November 2002 and again in August 2007 and won a parliamentary membership in Istanbul’s second constituency.

He ran for mayor of the Greater Istanbul Municipality in the local elections held in March 2009, but won only 37% of the vote, losing his seat to Justice and Development Party candidate Kadir Topbash. In 2010, the General Assembly of the Republican People’s Party elected him as party president after the resignation of his predecessor, Deniz Baikal.

He was dubbed “Gandhi Kemal” by the Turkish media due to a passing resemblance to the late Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.

He captured the public’s imagination in 2017 when he launched the 450km “March for Justice” from Ankara to Istanbul in connection with the arrest of a CHP MP.

He later formed an alliance between the Republican People’s Party, the Good Party and the Happiness Party in the 2018 general election, paving the way for success in local elections the following year.

The CHP also won city halls in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities thanks to the support of voters, and after Erdogan’s unconventional economic policies, including lowering interest rates at a time when inflation exceeded 85 percent, family tensions have arisen and a series of currency crashes has been triggered since 2018.

Source: agencies

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